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[b]I Said / His Lordship Said... Anglo-American Expressions[/b]


cmvgor

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BRIT: I got took queer.*

AMER: I got sick.

 

...*Verbatum from the script of Simon Grey's 1971 stage drama Butley. Following lines in the same scene point out that this usage was now archaic, due to the evolved meaning of the key term.

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BRIT -- Do a Davon Loch*

AMER -- Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

 

...*Uses the name of a racehorse, a favorite, who lost a race in the last possible second, after what looked like a winning run.

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*At the butcher shop:*

 

BRIT -- Cutlets

AMER -- Chops

 

...In his autobiography, George Burns relates that he and Gracie Allen had a routine in their act that used repeated references to "lamb chops" as laugh lines. Touring England, they took a friend's advice and changed the wording to "lamb cutlets", so the new audience would understand them.

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BRIT -- Police income tax*

AMER -- The pad, shakedown, "on the pad"

 

...Money extorted from businesses by the police, especially to gain lax enforcement. (A barber who also functioned as a bookie, etc.)

 

*...From "In come the police and you pay the tax."

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> BRIT -- Police income tax*

> AMER -- The pad, shakedown, "on the pad"

>

> ...Money extorted from businesses by the police, especially to gain lax enforcement. (A barber who also functioned as a bookie, etc.)

>

> *...From "In come the police and you pay the tax."

Verbatum from the 1979 film *The Human Factor* Sourced from a novel by Graham Greene, and scripted by Tom Stoppard.

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BRIT: Catapult *

AMER: Slingshot.

 

...*A memory dredged up from one of the Lord Peter Whimsy mysteries on BBC. A mention was made that someone was killed with a "catapult", and I stayed with the story to see how someone in this day & age got killed with one of those Medevial siege machines used to knock down castle walls. It was something of a letdown when Lord Peter produced a slingshot and a few steel ball bearings.

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_Military Context_ :

 

BRIT: Sapper

AMER: Combat Engineer

 

...Frontline troops specially trained to deal with "sapping" fortifications, clearing mine fields, road-and-bridge building, etc. Their earliest missions had to do with digging under castle walls during a siege.

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BRIT: "They're on the Dole."

AMER: "They're on Welfare."

 

...Cribbed from a passing remark in the world premier of *The Special Relationship* , broadcast on HBO tonight.

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BRIT: Snogging.

AMER: Kissing, making out.

 

...Picked up from the Hogwarts students in the new Harry Potter movie that premiered on TV tonight.

Don't know if mudbloods use the same expression.

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> {quote:title=cmvgor wrote:}{quote}

> BRIT: Snogging.

> AMER: Kissing, making out.

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> ...Picked up from the Hogwarts students in the new Harry Potter movie that premiered on TV tonight.

> Don't know if mudbloods use the same expression.

 

Musused a term.

Instead of "mudbloods", I ment to say "_muggles_".

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> {quote:title=pastman wrote:}{quote}

> BRIT: "That bloke is wearing a syrup!"

> AMER: "That guy's wearing a wig!"

 

Cockney rhyming slang is so wierd...how about

Brit: Telling porkies

American: Lying

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How about some slang? Not sure how up to date this is--got it from one of my daughters Georgia Nicolson books (which are very funny, btw)

 

Brit: chav

American: ghetto, trashy

 

Brit: ****

Amer: geek

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